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Win2003Server partition w/WGA tagged XP drive

October 2, 2010 at 20:52:49
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I am in a Network Security course and need to install Lab Sim for CompTIA+ to do the labs, etc. However my PC has Windows XP Pro SP3 installed that Microsoft says it is 'non-genuine.'
My system is not configured to handle Windows 7 at this time and I hope to be getting a new system entirely soon.
But for now my question is, could I just make another partition on the existing hard drive running XP and install the Win 2003 Server? I have an 180 day evaluation that would carry me through the semester to do my projects. Do I need to check hardware/software compatibility? It is a Pentium 4 2.6 Ghz with 504 RAM...any assistance much appreciated.


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October 3, 2010 at 05:39:09
If your XP install is in reality genuine, then you can get things straightened out with MS with a phone call.

To answer your question, yes, you could partition the free space on your drive and intall a time-bomb version of 2003 server in it. As to compatibility, microsoft's site lists the minimum hardware requirements for all it's operating systems. I don't know where offhand so don't ask me, go searching.

Creating the partition would require a 3'd party utility like Partition Magic. There are other app's that do this, I believe even a free one that works quite well, but I can't think of any other names offhand. But, that's one reason google was invented.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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